Preparation and Arrival

Bring an Open Mind. And Clothes. That's About it.

Pack light.

Your Summer UC Davis Pre-College Program is an exciting academic experience, but it's also a vacation. It's an opportunity to disconnect a bit, learn, relax and start preparing for your future. So don't muck up the "relax" part by over-thinking your packing list.

girl sitting at a desk listening to headphonesBring

  • Casual, comfortable clothes (Don't know how to do laundry? We'll teach you!)
  • Swim suit
  • Waterproof jacket (for Coastal & Marine Science program)
  • Walking shoes
  • Basic toiletries (including plenty of sunblock)
  • Quarters for the dorm laundry facilities
  • Laptop
  • Smartphone
  • Light reading material
  • A little spending money

Leave Behind

  • Your car
  • Bedding (unless you've got a favorite blanket or stuffed animal—we don't judge)
  • Mini-fridge
  • Food (the dining commons have EXTRAORDINARY variety, but let us know if you have specific dietary restrictions)
  • Magic, Pokemon and other CCGs
  • Alcohol, fireworks, weapons of any kind, or anything else that's obviously going to get you kicked out
  • Anything that's going to mess with this immersive experience


When you get here, we'll check you in, get you settled in your room and go through a quick orientation. More details will be provided once you're officially registered.